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    Good cuppa - 10 facts about Fairtrade tea

    11 December 2017 by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation

    Britons drink 876 cups of tea a year! This International Tea Day we consider the value of making those 876 cups of tea Fairtrade. 

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  • Womens School of Leadership  Cote d Ivoire

    Opportunity for women in West Africa in the Women's School of Leadership

    11 December 2017 by Michelle Gillian

    Michelle Gillian, from the Impact Directorate at the Fairtrade Foundation, went to visit the Women’s School of Leadership school in Cote D’Ivoire to find out more about the programme and what opportunities it is bringing to women in the area.

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    Festive Fairtrade gifts for Christmas

    1 December 2017 by Emily McCoy

    Minced pies, Christmas lunches, baubles and present wrapping! Yes, the festivities are upon us. Here’s a handful of exciting and scrumptious ways you can add a handful of hearty jingle to your celebrations.

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  • Marion Ng'ang'a - Growing Women In Coffee

    Changing Gender Inequalities on Kenyan Coffee Farms

    27 November 2017 by Marion Ng ang a of Fairtrade Africa

    A new three-year project aims to empower women coffee farmers in Kenya by making Fairtrade personal and addressing gender inequalities and economic marginalization.

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  • Gold Coast Pineapple farm - competition law trial 2

    Does competition law serve consumer interest and future food needs

    23 November 2017 by Tim Aldred (Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation)

    A new report from the Fairtrade Foundation finds that government regulation, which is meant to secure the UK’s food for the future, might just have been lending a helping hand in creating conditions where future prices will go up, and quality will go down.

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  • Cafedirect - INSPIRE Peru - Chirinos Centre of Excellence

    Cafedirect: sharing knowledge to inspire change

    2 November 2017 by Emily McCoy

    Cafédirect talk us through their work up close and personal with coffee producers in Peru. Through a new project they are inspiring the production of top quality Fairtrade coffee. 

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  • Fairtrade Chocolate & Banana Tart

    Tony Rodds Tantalisingly Tempting Tarte for Chocolate Week

    10 October 2017 by Emily McCoy

    In this recipe Tony Rodd, who opens a new London based restaurant Copper & Ink this autumn, combines two of the most popular Fairtrade ingredients to create a simply sumptuous delight for chocolate lovers.

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  • 7 sensational Fairtrade chocolates for Chocolate Week

    5 October 2017 by Emily McCoy

    An annual week dedicated to the most delicious and most extravagant chocolates is music to many ears - but buying Fairtrade means your luxury doesn't come at the expense of cocoa farmers around the world. 

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  • Women's School of Leadership & women cocoa farmers in the Cote d Ivoire

    What's the last thing you'd expect to see in a cocoa growing region of Cote D'Ivoire?

    27 September 2017 by Cat Rayner, Fairtrade

    For Cat Rayner, Fairtrade employee of 15 years, it was a MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra), something she sees only too frequently in her hometown of Hitchin, Hertfordshire but an unexpected sight in this part of the world. There was the dancing too, but that’s another story!

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  • Ian Berry photographing gold mining in Uganda

    Fairtrade Gold: A journey from Mine to Maker photographed by Ian Berry

    19 September 2017 by Sonia Navarrete, Fairtrade

    British photographer Ian Berry has seen much of the world during his career at Magnum Photos. His lens has brought into focus harsh realities from the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 to conflict, famine and apartheid. Now he turns his lens to the exploitative scene of artisanal gold mining.

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  • Organic September

    Organic September: 8 things you didn't know were Fairtrade and organic

    13 September 2017 by Emily McCoy

    It’s September and time for the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic. To help you have a fun but fair Organic September I've picked out some of the most unusual products that are both Fairtrade and organic. 

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  • Tom Hunt recipe - apricot frangipane

    Tom Hunt Recipe for Baked Apricot Frangipane

    21 August 2017 by Emily McCoy

    In this recipe, Tom Hunt, award-winning chef, food writer and food-waste campaigner, uses a summer fruit favourite for a classic British treat. The addition of vanilla here gives the frangipane an extra layer of flavour. But did you know that the premium price for this popular spice doesn’t always translate to decent working conditions for vanilla farmers?

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  • Lebi Gabriel Hudson Tanzania Tea Farmer

    What's brewing? A tea farmer explains what Fairtrade means to him

    28 July 2017 by Emily McCoy

    On the launch of our new campaign, ‘Not all tea is created equal’, we asked tea farmer Lebi Gabriel Hudson, CEO of Fairtrade certified Rungwe Smallholders Tea Growers Association in Tanzania, to explain what Fairtrade means to his community.

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  • Gold

    Gold design awards: winning piece created

    26 July 2017 by Tim Ingle of Ingle & Rhode

    It’s been really exciting to see the progress made by Fairtrade Gold since its launch in 2011. In 2015, for example, year on year volume sales were up more than 400%.

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  • Mike Gidney with tea farmer

    Why Fairtrade invests in the farmers and workers of tomorrow

    27 June 2017 by Mike Gidney, Fairtrade CEO

    When Fairtrade began, more than twenty years ago, we were a response to the scandal of poverty in global supply chains.

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  • Fairtrade in the words of Liz Earle MBE

    22 June 2017 by Liz Earle MBE

    Liz Earle’s award-winning Fairtrade jewellery collection, Fair and Fine, in currently on display in a pop-up window at Liberty, London for two weeks until 2nd July. Here she tells us why she believes in Fairtrade.

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  • Zeddy - coffee farmer in Kenya

    Fairtrade projects cope with climate change: from biogas to carbon credits

    16 June 2017 by Susannah Henty

    Zeddy Rotich is a coffee farmer from Kenya. She’s also a mum of two young children and every day, before taking her children to school and going to work in the fields she used to wake up early each morning, walk to the forest and collect firewood. 

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  • 10 sunny sizzlers for a fairer summer

    15 June 2017 by Harri Gurney-Hill

    It’s June and to bring in the sunshine, Harri from the Fairtrade Supporter Team rounded up a selection of summery Fairtrade products and asked a few of the team to try them out. 


    Here’s what we thought. 


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  • Go bananas for Fairtrade

    Speed Networking: have you met our volunteers?

    7 June 2017 by Fairtrade Foundation volunteers

    In Volunteer Week we take some time to find out what inspires the dedicated volunteers at the Fairtrade Foundation. You’ve heard of speed dating – have you heard of speed networking?

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  • Fairtrade tea farmers in Malawi

    FAQs about Sainsbury's Foundation and Fairtrade

    23 May 2017 by the Fairtrade Foundation

    What’s unique about Fairtrade? The global Fairtrade movement is millions of people - farmers, workers, shoppers, campaigners and not-for-profit organisations - working with businesses across the world to make trade fair. Fairtrade is represented in the UK by the Fairtrade Foundation, a non-profit organisation and registered charity. It is also made up of 20 other organisations across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand.   Most importantly it includes three n...

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